Tag Archives: Destination Catalonia

May 6, 2011

Foodie Friday – Catalonia Style

In the spirit of our current destination Catalonia, and spurred on by one of my favorite food(ie) newsletters and sites, Tasting Table, my husband Tom and I went on an excursion to the Noe Valley restaurant Contigo for Calçots, a special variety of spring onion from Catalonia, Spain.

We had first seen them picked, grilled and devoured “live” on the PBS Series, Spain…On the Road Again with Mario Batali, Mark Bittman, Gwynneth Paltrow and Claudia Bassols. Needless to say, when I got my Tasting Table email, I was salivating.

At Contigo, they came two ways – roasted on the grill and in a light tempura coating. The accompanying sauce, salvitxada, was amazing, kind of like a romesco, but a bit different (roasted red peppers, garlic, nuts and red wine vinegar).

I forgot to snap a photo, but here’s a pic to give you a sense of what calçots are all about:


We tried some other dishes, including the Catalan style chard and the flatbread. And we enjoyed our tour of Spanish wines. It was a transporting and tasty experience just a couple miles from our home. Proof that you can go there across the street.

Here’s a salvitxada recipe if you’d like to try the sauce on for yourself. I think I’ll grill some veggies this weekend and give it a go. Happy tasting and Happy Mother’s Day and love to my mom and all the moms out there!

April 24, 2011

Announcing Costa Brava!

We spent the day in the whitewashed coastal Catalan town of Cadaqués, Spain, taking in the spirit of the resort’s brilliantly beautiful seaside scenes and warm, clear air. It was even a bit surreal, did we just spot Salvador Dali watching the sailboat races? Maybe it was just a sign that we felt right at home in the St. Tropez of Spain.

Back in San Francisco, we created a summer collection in hues of blue with accents of white, light green and sunny yellow. You and your kids will love the throwback style of our nautical graphics, cabana stripes and pastel patterns. Vintage nautical silhouettes, graphics and patterns are lent mellow modern touches throughout the collection.

Our Catalonia tile theme continues unabated here with prints reflective of tiles found on the seaside houses of Cadaques. We’ve also infused a number of floral artwork pieces with a distinctively Catalonian painted pottery flavor.

Go coastal with us this summer. We can’t wait to see you. And definitely bring your kids.

April 20, 2011

Costa Brava: Cadaqués, Spain

Costa Brava Cadaques, Spain

For our Costa Brava collection we were inspired by the colors and icons of Cadaqués – a coastal fishing village in Catalonia.  The town had a distinctive color palette of whites, blues and sunny yellows – which we used to create fun summery pieces. We love the vintage nautical feel, which inspired the silhouettes and graphics of the season.

April 13, 2011

Painted Skateparks

skate park with painted waves

I bet you were wondering where to find the really awesome skate park in our Spring catalog.  This painted wave pipe can be found just 70 miles south of us in Santa Cruz, California at Santa Cruz Skate Park.

Santa Cruz Skate Park in Santa Cruz, Ca

Since there was such a cool skate board park so close to us, I figured there must be tons of painted skate parks all over. But as I started researching I only found a few:

Malmö Skate Park in Malmö, Sweden

Octopus Skate Pool in Lugano, Switzerland

Does anyone know any other skate park murals?

April 11, 2011

Skateboarding Week

Spring has sprung in many parts of the country, and this week we’re celebrating by focusing on skateboarding at Tea. Our Spring collection has many urban-inspired, skateboard-friendly pieces that encourage play and hold up well under exuberant activity! To get started and set the tone, we thought we’d share these amazing photographs by local San Francisco artist Andrew Paynter, who traveled around the world photographing skateboarders:

April 1, 2011

Snowflake – Barcelona’s Albino Gorilla

Back in college I took a film class and made a documentary comparing gorillas to my fellow college students.  Guess who was more civilized? Anyway, I spent a lot of time getting to know the lovely family group at the Pittsburgh Zoo and really fell in love. Since then, I’ve become really interested in great ape conservation. So when my friend sent me the above postcard from Barcelona I was pretty stoked to learn about an albino gorilla. Snowflake was one of the most popular residents at the Barcelona zoo. He has become a beloved icon of Barcelona and the embodiment of gorilla conservation. As soon as I learned we were doing Barcelona as a destination, I set out to design a shirt in tribute to a very special gorilla.

Watch the PBS special on Snowflake at HULU.

Check out these resources to learn more or contribute to gorilla conservation:

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Wildlife Conservation Society

Gorilla Project